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A screen shot from Thomas A. Edison, Inc.'s 'Sioux ghost dance.'

Native Americans perform the Sioux ghost dance

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Buffalo Bill's Wild West Shows
A show about the Wild West wouldn't be complete without some Indians, and you can bet that Buffalo Bill had some very talented ones. Native American Sioux Indian dancers in full war paint and war costumes performed the Sioux Ghost Dance that you can see here. This is the very first time that American Indians appeared before a motion picture camera. What's the one other thing that Buffalo Bill had to have in his show?
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VIDEO CREDIT: Dickson, W.K.L. producer. "Sioux ghost dance." Edison Manufacturing Co., 1894. Inventing Entertainment: The Motion Pictures and Sound Recordings of the Edison Companies, Library of Congress.